About Lincolnshire Buff Chickens
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Lincolnshire Buff chickens were bred in significant numbers on Lincolnshire farms to supply the London markets between the 1850’s and early 1900’s. The start of this trade coincides with the development of the railway network that linked the small market towns with the capital and its opportunities for business. Lincolnshire Buffs were a fast growing, hardy bird that had excellent table qualities. At the time, buff was a popular color for table birds since they provided white table birds that when plucked left a clean carcass without leaving dark feather stubs.

  During the 1850’s, Dorking chickens were common on most farms and it is thought that Lincolnshire Buffs were created from crosses between the recently imported buff Cochin, the red Dorking, and other farmyard fowls of Old English Game / gold Hamburg origins. The future of the Lincolnshire Buff looked promising until 1894 when William Cook created the buff Orpington. There had been many buyers going to Lincolnshire to select the specific shade and type of birds they wanted and William Cook was already a large scale commercial breeder who had much success with his black and white Orpingtons; he recognized the opportunity for a buff variety. He always denied any relationship to the Lincolnshire Buff and when he created his buff Orpington which became famous throughout the country and later all over the World, there was some controversy. They may not look similar now but when the buff Orpington was created, it was tighter feathered than the birds of today, and much the same as some of the shades of Lincolnshire Buff chickens that occurred in flocks.  

By the turn of the century, farmers could not sell Lincolnshire Buff for even half the price of a buff Orpington. They declined rapidly in the early part of the 1900’s.

Lincolnshire Buff chickens that we see today, were re-created, starting in 1981 at the Lincolnshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Riseholme Small Animal Unit. After government cut backs and changes in circumstances, the work was continued by hobby breeders, most notably Brian Sands after 1986. Brian said “With few remnants of Stock from Riseholme, and new infusions of Red Dorking and Buff Cochin blood I made steady progress over the years, including frequently displaying birds at the Lincolnshire agricultural show.” The Lincolnshire Buff Poultry Society was formed in 1995. The breed had a standard drawn up, based on old records of the breed and this was accepted by the Rare Poultry Society in 1996. The Poultry Club of Great Britain accepted the breed standard and the society in January 1997.

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